FOOTBALL – Lyon had to wait for the penalty shootout to win the final of the French Cup for women in football this Sunday, August 9 at the Abbé-Deschamps stadium in Auxerre (0-0, tie 4-3) at the expense of Paris Saint -Germain at the end of a match that OL should have won in regulation time.
But the Lyonnais will have to be more efficient to face their Champions League quarter-finals against Bayern Munich, as will the Parisians against Arsenal.
As in the Champions Trophy, against PSG, Eugenie Le Sommer already failed her attempt, stopped by the Chilean goalkeeper Christiane Endler. The latter, then Lea Khelifi, whose shot was stopped by Sarah Bouhaddi, missed on the side of Paris-SG.
Under the storm, which caused a power outage and a quarter-hour interruption after ten minutes of play, then continued rain, the French champions more than deserved their victory.
They showed real strength, especially defensively, thirteen days after facing Bayern Munich on 22 August in Bilbao.
The Lyonnais will still have a chance to gain strength but must seek to improve their offensive efficiency during two friendly matches against Juventus Turin and PSV Eindhoven during a tournament organized at the Groupama de Décines-Charpieu stadium on 13 and 15 August.
For their part, PSG, who will also play against Arsenal on August 22 in San Sebastián, will travel from August 16 to 21 to train at Hagetmau de las Landes but will not play any other game.
This is the ninth success in the French Cup of Olympique Lyonnais (eleven if we count the two won by FC Lyon from which he took over) which thus achieved, at national level, the trophée des championnes- Championship-Coupe de France triplet now he hopes to quadruple with the Champions League.
This is the 30th title for OL women in all competitions.
The champions Rhone created several clear chances, especially in the first half, that should have allowed them to win before penalties.
But they have, as on several occasions this season and again against Guingamp (1-0), on August 2 in the semifinals, sin in the final, which obviously could be detrimental for Bayern.
Thus, Nikita Parris (35, 40, 61) was close to finding the opening like Wendie Renard from minute 8 while Amel Majri was stopped in extremis by Onema Grace Geyoro (23).
And for their part, none of the players who came off the bench in the second half, be it Eugénie Le Sommer, the Dutch Shanice van de Sanden or the English Jodie Taylor, knew how to make the expected difference in freshness despite several good offenses in the last half hour.
For their part, PSG, who had also struggled in the semifinal by winning in Bordeaux (2-1), was also solid defensively but failed, unlike their opponent, to create without a chance.
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